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German organist Winfried Bönig, star of the second event in the Master Concert Series

February 15, 2008

  • Winfried Bönig will play works from different schools from the 17th to 20th centuries.
  • The concert will be held in the chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables, in Seville.

Seville, 15th February 2008.- The organist of the cathedral of Cologne, Winfried Bönig, will be charged with continuing the Master Concert Series, which since Tuesday 12th February has been held in the chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables, headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation.

On this occasion, Winfried Bönig, a fan of Johann Sebastian Bach’s works composed for the organ, will play a carefully chosen selection of pieces from different schools from the 17th to 20th century, the best reflection of the musical inter-communication and exchange between the different churches at different points in history.

The choice of works for this series, entitled "The Organ: Meeting Point between Christian Denominations", was marked by the Lutheran Reformation and its desire for the public to participate more intensely in the liturgy. In the 16th century, this desire gave rise to a series of new musical forms with texts penned in the vernacular language,hymnsand especiallychorales, in which the organ would play a key role as accompaniment and interlocutor. Yet the Master Concert Series also includes works that the Catholic church took from the wide array of organ pieces that emerged from the Protestant church between the 17th and 18th centuries.

Frenchman Daniel Roth, tenured organist in the organ tribunal at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, will be charged with closing the series on Tuesday 26th February.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created in 1982 as the outcome of the cultural efforts begun by Abengoa back in 1972 with its publication of "Sevillian Topics and Iconography of Seville". During this same period, a collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and Sevillian authors was also amassed. This initial cultural impetus led Abengoa’s leaders to realise the importance of going beyond the company’s merely technological functions with activities that would benefit society. Thus, the Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla Foundation was born.

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